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Counselor's Corner: The response to violence

February 23, 2015

Fred Cavaiani The violent murders committed by the misguided ISIS extremists are very frightening. Whenever we hear about terrorist attacks upon innocent people we experience a sense of fear and anger. How can this happen today? How can anyone who believes ...

Former chief justice taken for a 'Cruise'

February 23, 2015

Each time I shovel snow, I’m reminded of a comment in December 2008 from then Chief Justice Clifford Taylor as he prepared to leave the Michigan Supreme Court following an unceremonious defeat at the election polls. Taylor, a member of the state’s ...

Iron Chef at Sea

February 23, 2015

Last week at this time I was basking on the deck of our cruise ship, getting my dark roast on, taking the first of several daily naps, in between a steady procession of foo-foo drinks. This morning, I got my car stuck in my driveway. Twice. After 40 minutes ...

Lying to the court: not a brilliant idea

February 23, 2015

By Melisa M. W. Mysliwiec © Fraser Trebilcock    When I first started practicing law, I assumed that the attorney/client confidentiality privilege would keep my clients honest with me. After all, it's not like I could tell anyone what ...

Lawyer's memoir ultimately about us, not him

February 23, 2015

I want to share with you a story about compassion and courage, life and death, despair and jubilation. I want to tell you about Bryan Stevenson. In 1986, I traveled to Georgia to meet Stevenson, an African-American attorney who grew up in the 1960s in the ...

No empirical research exists validating parental alienation syndrome

February 23, 2015

Rebecca Shiemke Michigan Poverty Law Program The January 19, 2015, issue included an “Asked and Answered” feature with attorney Demosthenes Lorandos that described parental alienation syndrome (PAS) and advocated its application by judges in child ...